Clemson jumped out to a 17-0 second quarter lead at Auburn and looked well on their way to an impressive win. But after a bad third quarter and too many mistakes at the end of the game, the Tigers couldn't hold on, losing 27-24 in overtime.
After Auburn kicked a field goal in overtime to grab a three-point lead, Clemson kicker Chandler Catazaro knocked in one of his own to force a second overtime period. The officials, however, tagged Clemson's Matt Skinner with an illegal snap infraction, and Catanzaro had to attempt a 32-yarder. That one hooked wide left of the uprights, sealing the win for Auburn.
A play earlier, Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker threw a pass that bounced off the hands of a diving Jaron Brown in the end zone. A catch would have won the game for the Tigers.
Parker's pass to Dwayne Allen at the end of regulation also just missed the tight end's outstretched arms. That play could have set Clemson up with a game winning field goal attempt in regulation.
Clemson dominated the first half, leading 17-3 at the break and outgaining Auburn 257 to 106 in total yardage.
Auburn, however, scored three touchdowns in the second half, including a backbreaking 78-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Newton to Terrell Zachery that capped off a 24-0 scoring run.
Clemson did a good job overall limiting Newton's production, holding him to just 68 yards rushing and 7 of 14 passing. The times when he beat them, however, proved too costly to overcome.
The "New Storm" of Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper was a bright spot in a tough loss. Ellington rushed for 140 yards and a touchdown, while Harper had two touchdown catches (including what may be the catch of the year).
Kyle Parker was probably the MVP of the first half, but he struggled late after taking a big hit early in the third quarter.
Dwayne Allen was Clemson's leading receiver in the game, catching five balls for 66 yards. Five Clemson players had at least three catches.
Clemson has a bye week before they take on Miami at home on Oct 2.